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Hiding in Plain Sight

A world in which Pravda decries American communism. And has a point.

by
Gary Wickert

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January 6, 2011 - 9:45 am
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They used to hide in the shadows. Unfortunately, today’s detractors of capitalism and the American free market system have come out of the closet, operating openly in places such as American universities, AARP, labor unions, SEIU, Hollywood, Congress, and even the White House itself. Their once-subtle methodologies are now about as blatant as Michael Moore’s hit piece on America, Capitalism: A Love Story. It seems that a growing number of Americans yearn for some form of communism or socialism – they just don’t want to call it that.

We have only ourselves to blame for this tolerant journey leftward. Russia’s Pravda said it best recently, “[T]he American descent into Marxism is happening with breath-taking speed, against the backdrop of a passive, hapless people.” Like sheep, many of us are being led toward the collectivist notion that the group is superior to the individual and thus individual rights and freedom may be destroyed with impunity for the perceived “common good.”

It may seem like it is happening all at once, but the march to collectivism – playing on the vulnerability and weaknesses of human nature – has been gradual. First, Americans were dumbed down through political correctness and an education system obsessed with xenocentrism, multiculturalism, and a politically correct brand of social consciousness rather than American history and the classics. Then our faith was attacked and our churches liberalized, as our government banned and struck down public references to the very God Almighty who inspired and motivated our founding fathers.

Next, we were inundated with the specious argument behind giving people something for nothing – the feel-good utopian notion that we can eradicate poverty, pain, sickness, and hunger with unearned government handouts. To fund these giveaway programs, the assets of gentle citizens were quietly confiscated in the name of the collective good. Still, far too many of us failed to recognize or believe what was happening.

Our president’s policies track something called the “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” first proposed in 1966 by Columbia University sociologists Richard Cloward and Frances Piven. It seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading government with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse. With each government solution in search of a problem there is the perceived need for yet another nanny law protecting us and controlling the details of our lives. Cloward and Piven promoted using welfare to weaken the poor and create reliance on government. Our current administration knows all too well that when government becomes our parent, we become its children.

Instead of allowing troubled corporations and banks to run their course, government took them over. Instead of promoting free market solutions to hold down the cost of the best health care in the world, the statists push government-run health care against the will of the majority. It was Leon Trotsky who said, “The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.” Isn’t it ironic that the same excuse which makes the individual the tool of the collective – that necessities justify the forbidden – is closely adhered to by another enemy of America – radical Islam?

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